Dental Tourism Provides a Toothsome Alternative to Procedures at Home

Dental Tourism Provides a Toothsome Alternative to Procedures at HomeJanuary 27, 2013

Need a vacation? Need a root canal? Not since jumbo shrimp have such divergent ideas come together. And yet, thanks to the wonderful world of medical tourism, dental tourism to be precise, what sounds like a surreal nightmare is in fact a convenient and invaluable reality for many.

To-date we’ve discussed a variety of topics pertaining to the growing medical tourism industry, most recently medical travel insurance and how it provides peace of mind for people going abroad for healthcare. We’ve looked at the whys and wherefores of crossing borders for care, where to go, and how to make it happen. But, we haven’t actually delved too deeply into specific treatments. Today we’ll peek at dental work overseas and how it, like all the other options that health tourism provides, can save you money.

First of all, dentistry is just like other areas of medicine: it ain’t cheap. I think if it were, we’d all have smiles like Julia Roberts. Granted, the main reason that so many of us are less than diligent about our dental checkups is probably because it’s not the most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. But affordability, or lack thereof, is a major factor too.

So how much can you save when you head abroad for low cost dental care ? If we examine certain popular procedures the answer is simple: a lot. With the internet and sites like myMEDholiday. com it’s easy to compare the costs of various treatments in different countries. For example, implants with crown can run anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 USD in the West, whereas in India you’ll pay in the neighborhood of $600. Veneers at home generally start around $750 and can run as high as $2-3K, but in Thailand you’ll pay roughly $200-$300. And as for your simple root canal, they’re similar in price to veneers in America and Europe, but in Singapore they’re in the $500-$600 range, and even less in India and Thailand.

Regarding other issues besides cost, the same questions you have about medical procedures abroad apply to dental work as well, with the most important pertaining to the quality of the doctors. With dentistry, you’ll find an even higher proportion of specialists who’ve been trained in the West. This is partly due to the fact that, as a healthcare matter, dentistry has lagged behind more “important” areas of medicine in developing countries. As a result, the infrastructure for dentistry until recently, with the birth of medical tourism hadn’t moved as far along as that of other areas of medicine. So, for those wanting to excel in their field, it meant going abroad for their education.

Another reason why dental tourism is so popular? You can play golf, walk through a museum, or go rock-climbing after a visit to the dentist, which is not usually as debilitating as other healthcare procedures, and far less often results in lasting discomfort. It may be the perfect treatment for the holiday part of medical tourism.

Would keeping your regularly scheduled appointments be easier if you were having them in exotic places like Singapore, Kerala, and Bangkok? Nowadays, dental work really is a vacation.

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